In the next couple of weeks, it seems like a lot of long-awaited Microsoft products will finally go live.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft, a handful of big-name PC partners and various system builders announced on October 24 their long-awaited plans for making holiday coupons available for both Windows Vista and Office 2007.
Microsoft is readying a new tool, called the Windows Easy Transfer Companion, designed to transfer actual applications from Windows XP PCs to Vista PCs using a cable or a network connection.
How has Microsoft fared, in terms of living up to the "Microsoft Live" goals it set for itself a year ago? I’d give the company an A- for delivery, but a D- for presentation. Microsoft is actually making some real headway in the way it is developing and distributing services, but almost no one knows it, thanks to the abysmal job the company has done in defining Live and updating the various Microsoft constituencies on its progress.
Microsoft officials obviously believe Windows Vista is ready, given that it is set to release it to manufacturing within weeks. But what do some of its toughest testers think?
n October 20, the company finally hit the Beta 1 milestone with "Atlas," the product known known as Microsoft ASP.Net Ajax v 1.0.
Microsoft has made available to testers yet another Windows Vista build. The latest release, No. 5808, was made available to participants in Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) late on October 19, testers said.
Windows XP Service Pack (SP 3), which Microsoft officials said to expect in the latter half of 2007, now has slipped into 2008.
Vista is not on track to be released to manufacturing on October 25, after all, according to Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division.
Microsoft has released to manufacturing the final Internet Explorer (IE) 7 bits for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. But that doesn't mean you and/or your organization will actually have them pushed to you via Automatic Update any time soon.